I gather warm-hearted, unflappable, funny, bright, intrinsically-motivated people (I call them Sugarmaples) from two to fifty at a time for friendship, business, romance, mentoring, volunteering, and creative collaboration through meals, conferences, talks, concerts, day trips, classes, parties, masterminds, book clubs, and group vacations.

“I continue to love what you’re doing. Great ideas.”

Jason Fried

“The best lunch date of my life. We were there for two and a half hours, but could easily have stayed for five.”

Tina Roth Eisenberg

“Pretty powerful.”

Anil Dash

“If an eagle and a tiger had a human baby that was then raised by ninjas, it would be Ted.”

Allan Branch

“Ted is extraordinary at what he does, and he’s a man of his word.”

Phil Caravaggio

“It was a wonderful time and a really great meal.”

Adam Lisagor

“I had a very enjoyable lunch with Seth [Godin] yesterday — a smart and likable guy. There are degrees of kindredness (as well as of heresy). But we do seem to share a fair amount. Thanks for matching us.”

Alfie Kohn

“It was such a great experience that I’m wracking my brain for other problems in my business that Ted could solve with a thoughtful connection.”

Tim Hackbarth

“I wanted to thank you again for the past weekend’s amazing fun and incredible opportunity to have an exchange of notions with Anil [Dash]. I feel even richer for the ideas & starting-places that have come out of the whole thing!”

Sean Michaels

“You know how it seems like everyone has a personal trainer, now? I believe Ted is the progenitor of a new kind of empathy-based collective problem solving that everyone will take for granted some day.”

Pete Forde

“Sugarmaples is a collection of passionate, ambitious, big-hearted visionaries, and Ted is the Master Cultivator.”

Michelle Rowley

“I have to say, you are very good at what you do. The timing was perfect and with one introduction you’ve enabled a ton of fruitful connections (which in the long run, might actually help save lives) in the span of a few days.”

Deroy Peraza

For example: Meddle, my problem-solving conference.

Pictured: Katie Tharp, set designer; Eugene Mirman, comedian.

Do you know a Sugarmaple?

Someone warm-hearted, unflappable, funny, bright, and intrinsically-motivated?

Frequently asked questions.

Can I come to a gathering?

Sugarmaples gatherings are generally by-invitation-only, but I’m open to overtures. ;-)

Email me at ted[at]

Who are you?

Scroll down to the ‘About me’ section.

What does it cost to come to a gathering?

Some are free. Some aren’t. It depends on what the gathering is. If you’re invited to a gathering, of course, I’ll let you know if there’s a cost associated.

Are all the gatherings as over-the-top as Meddle?

No. Some are just a bunch of Sugarmaples talking, hiking up a mountain trail.

About me.

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I’m Ted Pearlman. When I was about eight years old, I found Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s first duet album, Ella and Louis (with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis), tucked between Dinah Washington and Mel Tormé on my father’s jazz record shelves. Of course, I didn’t know it at the time, but that was probably when I first realized what truly wonderful things can happen when Sugarmaples gather.

I live in Denver and am married to Allison, an architect. We have a second-grader, Oscar, and an enormous Newfoundland dog called Tatou who’s famous on the Internet. I received my bachelors degree from Cornell in 1990 and am a veteran of Sony, IBM, Roguewave Software, and CQG.

My other passion project is Fall: In Love with Music, a venue I’m developing for Denver.